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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 18, 2012 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 'best of's for radio special

I'm producing a several hour radio special next month featuring African-American artists playing songs they wrote and/or popularized followed by the GD covering it in (at least) one version. A draft working song list is at bottom.

These songs run the gamut from a single performance to hundreds. For many I have (often several) GD versions in mind, but would like to know if you:

- have enthusiastic suggestions for particular GD performances (longer is not automatically better);
- are aware of any 'ranking' lists for GD performances of these songs;
- see noteworthy gaps in the list below (mostly pulled from Song & Lyric Finder
http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/intro.htm)

Thanks for any assistance and I'll post an announcement here as time gets closer to the special (2/18/11). Yes, you'll able to listen live online.


(Song list updated 1-18)
Ain't It Crazy
Around and Around  
Baby What You Want Me To Do  
Beat It On Down The Line  
Big Boss Man  
Big Boy Pete
Big Railroad Blues  
Bring Me My Shotgun  
Dancing in the Street
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Death Letter Blues
Don't Ease Me In
Good Lovin'
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
(Let the) Good Times (Roll)
Got My Mojo Working  
Hard to Handle
Hey Bo Diddley  
Hey Pocky (A-) Way
Hoochie Coochie Man  
I Ain't Superstitious  
I Just Want To Make Love To You  
I Know It's A Sin  
I Second that Emotion
I'm A Hog for You (Baby)
I'm A King Bee
Iko Iko
In the Midnight Hour
It Hurts Me Too
It's A Man's Man's Man's World
It's All Over Now
Johnny B Goode  
Katie Mae  
KC Moan  
Let It Rock  
Little Red Rooster  
Louie Louie
Meet Me in the Bottom
Mona  
Monkey And The Engineer  
My Babe  
New Minglewood Blues  
Next Time You See Me
On The Road Again  
Overseas Stomp (Lindbergh Hop)  
Pain in My Heart (Ruler of My Heart)
Promised Land  
Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
Rollin' And Tumblin'  
Run Rudolph Run  
Samson & Delilah (If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down)
Samson & Delilah (If I Had My Way)
See that My Grave is Kept Clean
She's Mine  
Smokestack Lightning  
Spoonful  
Stealin'  
The Same Thing
Thirty Days  
Turn on Your Lovelight
Two Trains  
Viola Lee Blues  
Walkin' Blues
Wang Dang Doodle  
Who Do You Love  




This post was modified by Mooding on 2012-01-16 22:35:32

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Poster: waynecs Date: Jan 17, 2012 11:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

FWIW you can add Good Lovin which was first recorded by The Olympics (yes the Rascals version was a cover).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFj-I16SQ2Y&;feature=related

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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 18, 2012 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

yeah of course, silly oversight on my part. thanks for the catch. The Olympics also recorded Big Boy Pete.

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Poster: Mooding Date: Feb 1, 2012 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

turns out The Olympics weren't the first recording artist for Good Lovin'. Lemme B Good recorded it about 6 months earlier.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

I really dig:

King Bee(4/5/71 - Pig on vocals and harmonicai)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-04-05.sbd.fixed.miller.110185.flac16

KC Moan(9/24/94)

http://www.archive.org/details/paf1994-09-24.matrix.sirmick.78005.flac16

Hard to Handle(8/6/71)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-08-06.aud.kaslow.smith.94261.flac16

Run Rudolph Run was best performed in Dec. 1971 @ Felt Forum.(Played at each show of this run.)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-12-06.sbd.miller.108425.flac16

Baby What You Want Me To Do?(W/ Etta James 12/31/82)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-12-31.FM.azjones.113090.flac16


Correction: H2H link was 24-bit. Fixed




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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

thanks very much. they're on the list to be considered.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

I have a few questions, if you don't mind answering whatever you're able to/willing to disclose.

Who are the African-American artists covering these GD songs? Are they famous, or relatively unknown? If I were to suggest songs that aren't on your list already, how would you include them? Didn't these cover song performances already happen?

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

If I understand correctly, these are songs that were written and/or performed by African-American Artists and subsequently covered by The Grateful Dead.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Ahh, thanks. I misread the post. Next time I'll refrain from posting after smoking straight kief. I was too focused on this Eyes:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-28.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.112296.flac16

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jan 16, 2012 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

oh yea, that high time is pure money. one of the best ive ever heard. That show has its handful of gems.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 16, 2012 6:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

And don't forget that killer 06/28/76 "High Time".

One for Wisconsin.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

straight kief? your killin me! - lol

today I torrented this new Jubal jewel and listening now >>

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-11.mtx.seamons.118256.flac16

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Why not? It's great fun!

I was listening to that new Matrix as well today. Sounds amazing! I put on 6/28/76 afterwards because I fucking love that show, and Happiness is Drumming is so sweet. I find it much more enjoyable than many Fire on the Mountains.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

ALL PIG

Aint it Crazy (The Rub)> http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-04-28.sbd.miller.106099.flac16

I'm a Kingbee > http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-11-19.sbd.miller.94106.sbeok.flac16

The Same Thing > http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-03-18.sbd.fink.10282.sbeok.shnf

It Hurts me too > http://www.archive.org/details/gd1967-10-22.sbd.miller.116257.flac16

In the Midnight hour (31min long) > http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-09-03.sbd.backus.17272.sbeok.shnf

Pain in my Heart > http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-11-19.sbd.miller.94106.sbeok.flac16

Big Boss Man > http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-07-17.13959.serafin-marmar-sbefix-4458.flac16

Lovelight 2/14/68 > Road Trips 2.2

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 16, 2012 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

great idea for a show. I look forward to listening, please post a link.

Don't Ease Me In is based on the Henry Thomas song Don't Leave Me Here. Henry Thomas was a wonderful Texas bluesman who played a mean panpipe aka quills. He also inspired Canned Heat's Goin' up the Country with his Bull Doze Blues and has also been covered more recently by the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

http://www.archive.org/details/HenryThomas

http://www.archive.org/details/HenryThomas-bullDozeBlues

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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Thanks, I've added Don't Ease to the list.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

I would go with an acoustic Don't Ease from the Dead, the 05-02-70 is a fav or mine.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Yes, great idea -- I notice not too many suggestions yet. I will note that four songs listed here were played on one recording - Beat it on down, Ain't it Crazy, Second That Emotion, and Hard to Handle can all be found on the Ladies & Gentlemen disc, and all are excellent choices. Very fresh, clean 1970 sound live at the Fillmore East.

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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Yup, that run is already in my mind for if nothing else, the 'I Second that Emotion' on the 29th.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Since you mentioned 4-29-71, that reminds me that the boys played their last version of Midnight Hour during the encore of that show. A great version and clearly a cover from an African American artist.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 17, 2012 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

might I suggest Marvin Gay's

What's Going On > http://www.archive.org/details/gd1988-09-24.fm.minches.82486.sbeok.flac16


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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Here's some particular versions I suggest using:

Beat It On Down The Line: DP 8, 06/18/74, or Ladies & Gentlemen
Dancin' In The Streets: DP 8 or 05/06/70
Death Don't Have No Mercy: 03/02/69 or 10/12/68
Don't Ease Me In: DP 19 or 03/24/70
Down In The Bottom > I Ain't Superstitious: 06/28/85
Let The Good Times Roll: 09/29/89
Hard to Handle: 08/06/71
I'm A King Bee: 02/28/69
Iko Iko > Mona: 10/27/91
It's A Man's World: 04/12/70
It's All Over Now: 07/16/90
Man Smart, Woman Smarter: 09/12/88
New Minglewood Blues: 05/08/77, 04/17/78, or 06/24/85
Next Time You See Me: 04/11/72
Samson And Delilah: 06/09/77 or 06/24/85
Smokestack Lightning: 02/12/67 or Three From The Vault
Turn On Your Lovelight: 12/02/71
Viola Lee Blues: DP 8, 06/18/67, 03/18/67, or 04/21/69
You Don't Love Me: 08/01/66

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 16, 2012 6:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

I could be mistaken but I believe the only GD performance of Let It Rock is the Miami show from 6/23/74, although the Jerry Band played it quite a bit.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-23.aud.moore.berger.84615.flac16

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 16, 2012 9:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

Hey Pocky Way

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 11:12am
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Good luck! I look forward to hearing this.

You may find these links helpful if you're looking for rankings and such:

http://gratefuldeadprojects.com/
http://headyversion.com/

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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 16, 2012 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's

Thanks very much. I even have the GDProjects site bookmarked, I just couldn't remember that IT was the place for those lists. Now I'm on it.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jan 19, 2012 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

I'm Not sure if your interested but they did some instrumentals like "Hideaway" http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-06-21.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.83718.sbeok.flac16

and Green Onions comes to mind.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1988-06-30.sbd.miller.96071.sbeok.flac16

Might make good filler or whatever for the show.


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Poster: thekind78 Date: Jan 16, 2012 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'best of's for radio special

"Iko, Iko" and/or "Man Smart, Woman Smarter"?

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Poster: Mooding Date: Jan 16, 2012 5:35pm
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Thanks, Man Smart is on my list, I just spaced adding it here then, but it's on there now.

I've added Iko Iko.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jan 17, 2012 5:17am
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I know that Man's World has been suggested, but I think this is without a doubt, the definitive version:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-15.sbd.kaplan.14354.sbeok.shnf

You can feel the emotion from Pig just bellowing away - blows me away every time.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 17, 2012 6:23am
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My son has often said that Pig sounds like James Brown. (And not in reference to Man's World in particular.) Which I'm sure would make Pig pretty happy.

In fact, I bet Pig took his rap schtick from African-American blues artists. It would be interesting to find one that sounds Pig-ish. Not that I have any actual suggestions ... but maybe someone who really knows the blues would?

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jan 17, 2012 7:24am
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Off the top of my head Althea, I think the person who sounds most like Pig is Leon Russell, especially in '70 and '71. Its funny that another white guy playing essentially black music sounds identical to Pig - who in my opinion sings and sounds like a black man. Very soulful, powerful blues sound, and of course the raps.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jan 16, 2012 6:15pm
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This one might work for ya. Sort of a crossover number.

http://www.dead.net/song/im-hog-you-baby